The joy of Morrison's Nobel was soon tempered by terrible news. On Christmas Day 1993, less than three months after she received the honor, a stray spark from the fireplace ignited a fire at her Rockland County, New York home. The home burned to the ground, destroying decades' worth of memories. "When I think about the fire, I think I may not ever, ever, ever get over it," Morrison later said. "And it isn't even about the things. It's about photographs, plants I nurtured for 20 years, about the view of the Hudson River, my children's report cards, my manuscripts."